February is here! Congratulations on making it through the first month of the year. It can be a rough one with trying out new resolutions and classes starting up again after a long break. The shortest month of the year can obviously go by quickly, so try to take advantage of all the experiences February will bring when you can. Fill out your week by checking out some of the fun and mostly free events going on this week in town! 

Monday, February 3rd

Tonight from 5 to 6 p.m., stop by Ikenberry Commons for Filipino Culture Story time! The Philippine Student Association UIUC will be sharing stories in this fun and highly entertaining event. There will be acting, dancing, and, of course, storytelling. Check it out! Learn more about this event by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 5th

If you like sci-fi and reading, stop by the Illini Bookstore for the launch of The Best of Uncanny! The Best of Uncanny is a collection of 44 short stories and poems from Uncanny Magazine. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Author's Corner of the bookstore, meet and chat with the editors of the book, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian! Learn more about the event here

Thursday, February 6th

Opening night for How I Learned to Drive is this Thursday at Parkland College. Here is a brief description of the show:

Parkland Theatre's 29th annual student production is the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, “How I Learned to Drive”. This show explores the surprising, sometimes comedic, and devastating tale of survival seen through the eyes of a troubling relationship between a young girl and her uncle. Lil’ Bit’s story shows the strength it takes to steer through the chaos, no matter how challenging it may be, and how to drive through life in spite of the pain and damage encountered along the way.

You can buy the $10 tickets online or at Parkland’s box office. How I learned to Drive starts at 7:30 p.m. Find more information and showtimes by following this link

Friday, February 7th

Grab your wands and don your most magical attire and head over to Illini Union Ballroom this Friday for the Yule Ball! The Harry Potter Alliance UIUC is throwing a really fun event for anyone who likes Harry Potter. All are welcome to come enjoy butterbeer, magical-themed snacks, and dancing. You can buy your tickets now for $17, or at the door for $20. The ball takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. Click here to find out more! 

From 6 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, people are sleeping outside for a very good cause. One Winter Night is a one night event to raise awareness for the homeless in Champaign-Urbana. Participants try to raise as much money as they can by committing to spend one night in a box outside the Orpheum. All of the money raised goes to C-U at Home to help them continue to support the community. Stop by to help donate or join in and help the community! Learn more about this special event here.

Saturday, February 8th

This Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. catch a FREE concert at Exile on Main. 7000apart, a Swedish/American, husband and wife duo, and Anika Emily will be performing a live show in the intimate space. 7000apart’s style is labeled as “organic pop” for its “powerful vocals and inspirational songwriting.” Learn more about the bands on the event page. Again, this event is free, but space is limited, so get there early! 

Sunday, February 9th 

There is a new art exhibition opening at the Champaign Public Library this Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. The exhibit, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," will feature artwork by talented students in the Champaign school district. See the amazing piece done by student artist while enjoying some refreshments. The exhibition is in the FriendShop Bookstore. Learn more about the Art Connection here and the event here!